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Encyclopedia > Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 U.S. N64 box cover.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) Flag of Japan December 14, 1996
Flag of United States February 10, 1997
June 24, 1997
Virtual Console
Flag of Australia January 26, 2007
Flag of United States January 29, 2007
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone)
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Nintendo iQue, Virtual Console
Media 96Mb (12MB) cartridge

Mario Kart 64 (マリオカート64 Mario Kāto Rokujūyon?) is a racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was released on December 14, 1996 in Japan, February 10, 1997 in North America, and June 24, 1997 in Europe. On January 26, 2007 Mario Kart 64 was released on Nintendo's European Virtual Console service for the Wii. It was also released on the American service on January 29, 2007. In production, its original name was Mario Kart R. Image File history File links Mario Kart 64 U.S. N64 box art This image is of cover art for a video or computer game, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either publisher of the game or the company which produced the game. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... 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Overview

Mario Kart 64 is the sequel to Super Mario Kart for the SNES. Changes from the original include the move to 3D computer graphics and the inclusion of four player support. Players take control of characters from the Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Wario Land video game series, who race around a variety of tracks with items that can either harm an opponent or aid the user. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Super Mario Kart is the first video game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES, also known as SNES or Super Nintendo, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... Super Mario Bros. ... Donkey Kong is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto, featuring a gorilla called Donkey Kong. ... Yoshi , sometimes Romanized Yossy in Japanese language materials) (IPA: /ˈjəʊ.ʃi/) is a fictional dinosaur who appears in the Mario series of video games by Nintendo. ... Categories: Computer and video game stubs | 1993 computer and video games | Game Boy games ...


The move to three dimensional graphics allowed for track features not possible with the original game's Mode 7 graphics, such as changes in elevation, bridges, walls and pits. However, the characters and items remained 2D pre-rendered sprites. Music for the game was composed by Kenta Nagata[1]. The introduction music for Mario Kart 64, which is loosely based on the original Super Mario Kart theme tune, was remixed and used in the music video game Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix for the Nintendo GameCube. The term Mode 7 originated on the Super NES video game console, on which it describes a simple texture mapping graphics mode that allows a background layer to be rotated and scaled. ... The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released in Japan as Zelda no Densetsu Kaze no Takt , lit. ... A music video game, also commonly known as a music game or rhythm game, is a type of video game where the gameplay is oriented almost entirely around the players ability to follow a musical beat and stay with the rhythm of the games soundtrack. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ...


The game is compatible with the N64 Controller Pak, but only to save track ghosts in the Time Trial mode. All other data is stored in-cart. Standard Controller Pak, rear view. ...


Gameplay

Players choose from a roster of eight characters that vary in weight, speed, and acceleration. Available are Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Wario and Toad. These characters race in a variety of tracks based upon different locations in the Mario world. Each track has a unique shape, and can contain various obstacles, hazards, and short cuts. Eight characters participate in each race. Up to four of them can be human characters, while the rest are computer controlled for one to two player only. Three and four player races have no computer controlled racers. Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and is the official mascot of Nintendo. ... Luigi ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. ... Yoshi , sometimes Romanized Yossy in Japanese language materials) (IPA: /ˈjəʊ.ʃi/) is a fictional dinosaur who appears in the Mario series of video games by Nintendo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Princess Peach ), also known as Princess Toadstool, is a video game character in Nintendos Mario video games series, often playing the damsel in distress character of the adventure series. ... This article is about the video game character. ... Wario ) is a video game character created by Nintendo. ... Toad ) is a humanoid mushroom in games of Nintendos Mario series. ...


On a track, various things can be done to change the flow of a race. Items can be acquired by hitting an item box, a rainbow-colored box with a spinning question mark. The items' uses include acting as projectiles to impede the opponent, speed up the user, or stop opponents through other means. There are Red Shells, Green Shells, Lightning, Banana Peels, Fake Item Boxes, Speed Mushrooms, a Spiked Shell, and Star power. A way of speeding up is drifting by hopping and tilting the control stick. If the control stick is moved left and right while the kart is drifting, it is possible to gain a small boost in speed, called a Mini-Turbo. The Mini-Turbo was subsequently included in every Mario Kart game, as was drifting. A Toyota Supra in drifting exhibition in Atlanta in 2005. ...


There are various modes of play such as the Mario Grand Prix where one or two human players compete with computer players in a group of eight around a series of four courses per cup - Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Special Cup respectively. A player selects one of the four cups at the beginning of the game as well as a difficulty level, measured by engine size (50, 100 or 150 cc). After a gold trophy has been acquired for each cup on the 150 cc level, the Extra difficulty level is playable, where the tracks are "mirrored" (in reverse). The player can also race on a track alone while recording a time (Time Trial mode), and trying to beat this time on subsequent races. There are two modes where players can face each other. One is just a generic race, while the other is a battle mode where players compete in one of four special arenas filled with item boxes; each player has three balloons attached to their kart which are lost if any damage is done to the kart, with the winner being the last remaining player. One complete cycle of a four cylinder, four stroke engine. ... A cubic centimetre (cm3) is an SI derived unit of volume, equal to the volume of a cube with side length of 1 centimetre. ... Balloons, like greeting cards or flowers, are given for special occasions. ...


Characters

Main article: Playable characters
A pre-release screenshot of Mario Kart 64 from Nintendo Power Magazine.
A pre-release screenshot of Mario Kart 64 from Nintendo Power Magazine.

Mario Kart 64 has eight drivers from which the players can choose. Koopa Troopa and Donkey Kong Junior, both of whom appeared in Super Mario Kart, did not return for Mario Kart 64, and were replaced by Donkey Kong and Wario. In pre-release screenshots, a Magikoopa (possibly Kamek) was playable, but before the game's final release the Magikoopa was replaced by Donkey Kong. A screenshot from Mario Kart Wii. ... Image File history File links Mk64_magikoopa. ... Image File history File links Mk64_magikoopa. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of Mario series enemies. ... This article is about the character. ... Super Mario Kart is the first video game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... This article is about the video game character. ... Wario ) is a video game character created by Nintendo. ... It has been suggested that Boo (Nintendo), Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Lakitu be merged into this article or section. ... This is a list of characters appearing in the Mario series. ...


Reception

Mario Kart 64 has an average review ratio of 85% on Game Rankings, including reviews from IGN (8.1/10) and GamePro (5/5), and magazines such as Electronic Gaming Monthly (9.25/10).[2] IGN stated, "Though the single-player mode is a bit of a step back from the SNES original, Mario Kart 64 still offers one of the best multiplayer experiences to be had on Nintendo 64."[3] It has also received relatively low scores, such as from GameSpot (6.4/10). GameSpot insisted that though the graphics and sound of the game are impressive, the gameplay is too easy and lacks depth.[4] Game Rankings is a website which keeps track of video game reviews from other sites, and combines them to present an average rating for each game. ... IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... Cover of the May 1994 issue. ... Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ...


Over one million copies were sold within the first six weeks of release.[5]


Re-releases

While there are no plans to re-release the currently discontinued N64 cartridge, Mario Kart 64 was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in North America on January 29, 2007 and in Europe on January 26th, 2007 for 1000 Wii Points. Due to the lack of a Controller Pak, it is impossible to save ghost data, as was used in the Nintendo 64 version. Nintendo has placed messages advising users about this before they download the game both when the Wii Shop Channel is first accessed and in the More Details tab on the individual game page. Like Super Mario 64 on the Virtual Console, this version of the game is presented in 480i and can also be run in 480p mode with a suitable television setup. Most 2D graphical elements were not enhanced for the higher resolution however, and look blurrier. The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... Virtual Console ), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a feature of the Nintendo Wii gaming console that enables players to emulate older video game consoles and play games originally released for those consoles. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Wii Points is a payment system that Nintendo uses for its Wii console through the Wii Shop Channel. ... Standard Controller Pak, rear view. ... This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Super Mario 64 ) is a top-selling video game for the Nintendo 64. ... 480p is the shorthand name for a video mode. ...


References

  1. ^ Mobygames: Mario Kart 64 Game Credits
  2. ^ Game Rankings: Mario Kart 64
  3. ^ IGN: Mario Kart 64
  4. ^ Gamespot: Mario Kart 64 Review
  5. ^ IGN: Mario Kart 64 Laps Super Mario 64

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Mario Kart 64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3859 words)
Players have three balloons attached to their kart, and lose a balloon when they are hit by a weapon, fall off the course, spin themselves out, or are spun-out from colliding with a heavier opponent.
Mario Kart 64 is the first non-Rare game to feature the Donkey Kong character design made by Rare for the Donkey Kong Country series, and is credited as being used with their permission.
The Mario Raceway shortcut of jumping over the T-junction in the brick wall is widely accepted as being intentional, judging by the very fast time required to change the flashing text on the title screen (it specifically flashes the best time trial time for this track, as it is the developer's favorite).
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